Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Screaming

Location: Sopwell (County Tipperary) - Sopwell (or Killaleigh) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Screams followed by the sound of a body being dragged down a staircase persist in haunting this castle, thought to be the result of a body being dropped down the stairs.


 
 


Archbishop Hamilton

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, Hamilton was arrested and hanged. His shade returned to this castle (though he was neither caught nor executed here).


 
 


Lady de Clare

Location: St Athan (South Glamorgan) - Area around site of West Orchard castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been buried alive by her cruel husband who (incorrectly) believed she was having an affair, this white lady was once said to walk the castle and the surrounding area.


 
 


Gwrach-y-rhibyn

Location: St Donats (South Glamorgan) - St Donats Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: When death occurs in the family
Further Comments: This ghost heralds a death in the family very much like a banshee - wailing pierces the night air, and scratching is heard at windows. The apparition is also seen, looking like an old, haggled woman. If this was not enough, the castle is also reported to be home to a large floating eye that glows, a semi-transparent large black cat, and a piano that has a habit of playing itself.


 
 


Flickering Lights

Location: Stansted (Essex) - Mountfitchet Castle
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2002, reoccurring at midday
Further Comments: Despite several electricians' efforts, the lights in this castle still flickered erratically at midday, causing the owners to call in an exorcist.


 
 


Lost Child

Location: Stenton (Lothian) - Whittingehame Castle (ruins of)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area surrounding the castle was once thought haunted by a young child. The ghost is said to have vanished when one of the locals gave it the name of 'Short-Hoggers'!


 
 


Wailing

Location: Steyning (Sussex) - Bramber Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Maude of Ditching's screams and cries can occasionally be heard in the ruins - her lover was bricked up in the dungeon after being caught by Maude's husband. The castle is also said to be haunted by two children seen begging for food, though they vanish if approached.


 
 


Man in Highland Dress

Location: Stirling (Stirling) - Stirling Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A photograph taken in the 1970s shows what could be a spectral figure walking along the cobbled path. Reports of phantom footsteps echoing down corridors have also been reported at the castle, and a green lady has been observed. Not to be forgotten, some also say a woman in a pink silken dress stalks the area outside the fort, and she is named as Mary Queen of Scots.


 
 


Footfalls

Location: Stix (Perth and Kinross) - Taymouth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of phantom footsteps can be heard around the castle.


 
 


Drowned Girl

Location: Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire) - Muchalls Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman fell into the sea while helping her smuggler boyfriend, dying as her body was tossed around by high waves on the rocks. Her ghost is found in the nearby castle which is connected to the water by a secret passage.


 
 


Water Thrower

Location: Stranraer (Dumfries and Galloway) - Caldenoch castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area near the castle was haunted by a ghost that soaked anyone who came to close - it was exorcised by a local holy man.


 
 


Brownie

Location: Strathmiglo (Fife) - Strathmiglo Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This invisible entity lived in the castle and was only detectible when it stole food from the pantry.


 
 


Ranulph

Location: Stratton (Cornwall) - Blanchminster Castle (were ruins in a field, current status not known), located at Binhamy grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When this knight returned from the crusades he discovered his wife had thought him dead, and remarried. He spent his remaining days living rough in the land around the castle, and his ghost can be seen in the former moat. One version of the story says that his ghost takes the form of a hare.


 
 


Victorian Woman

Location: Sudeley (Gloucestershire) - Sudeley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: reputedly during August & September, but last seen May 1983
Further Comments: It is always around these two months that a ghostly housemaid is seen cleaning and dusting, dressed in Victorian working garb. A visiting American Professor reported encountering her during a visit to the castle. Other reported ghosts here include a woman in a green dress and a man with a hawk perched on his arm.


 
 


Cauld Lad

Location: Sunderland (Durham) - Hylton (or Hilton) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1400s
Further Comments: This little brownie caused havoc in the kitchen after hours - the staff disposed of it by creating a distraction until the sun came up, the light of dawn dismissing the creature. Another story blames the kitchen disturbances on the ghost of a groom who was murdered by his master. More recently, one witness who lived nearby reported seeing the cauld lad in 1969, when he was a child.


 
 


Green Lady

Location: Sundrum (Ayrshire) - Sundrum castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The castle is room to the common Scottish emerald tinted shade.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Swansea Bay (West Glamorgan) - Oystermouth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The castle grounds are haunted by this crying phantom with a bloody back.


 
 


Mount Badon

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Liddington Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This defensive hillfort may be the mythical Mount Baton, where King Arthur defeated the Saxons.


 
 


Black Lady of Tamworth

Location: Tamworth (Staffordshire) - Tamworth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be the ghost of St Editha, this phantom nun has a room named after her within the building - she once appeared here and bullied a greedy landlord into returning stolen church lands. Another female, a white lady, also haunts the castle grounds.


 
 


Blue & White Ladies

Location: Tanworth (Staffordshire) - Tanworth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The blue lady took her own life after watching her lover die during a jousting contest outside the castle - she now patrols the battlements. The white lady is thought to be a nun from a priory which once stood nearby.


 
 


Patrolling Woman

Location: Tattershall (Lincolnshire) - Tattershall Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white woman has been spotted moving around the battlements at night.


 
 


Marching Army

Location: Taunton (Somerset) - Taunton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard marching through the castle's museum, these invisible troops are thought to belong to the untrained army of the Duke of Monmouth that were slaughtered during a failed attack. Another ghost heard but not seen is a rather loud fiddler named Tom who frequents a room in the attached hotel. The ghost of a lady dressed in clothing matching that of the period of the aforementioned attack makes the odd appearance in the castle, as does a cavalier holding a pistol.


 
 


Strange Woman

Location: The Burren (County Clare) - Ballynalackan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shadowy figure of an unknown woman stands around the castle entrance, as if in waiting.


 
 


Red Mary

Location: The Burren (County Clare) - Leamaneh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Mary O'Brien was said by many to be a witch, and tales are told of how frequently she hanged her servants if they made mistakes. Some say she was finally caught by her enemies and left to stave to death in a hollow tree. Regardless of how she died, her unearthly form still returns to her castle.


 
 


Tall Man

Location: Thunham (Kent) - Thunham Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 17 June 2003
Further Comments: A small group of people standing around a fire watched a seven foot tall man dressed in a green and blue tunic run past, waving his arms wildly. Though only visible for a couple of seconds, one of the witnesses reported that while the figure had no face, he did possess smartly cut short hair..!


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